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GPS Leads Woman onto Railroad Tracks, Minivan Destroyed

BELMONT, Mass. — A woman and her two children, ages 7 and 10, narrowly escaped serious injury when a train smashed into their minivan after a GPS device led the driver onto MBTA train tracks Tuesday night.

The woman was driving southbound on Brighton Street shortly before 9 p.m. when the GPS device directed her to make a right turn which placed her vehicle directly onto railroad tracks.  

Apparently the woman was unable to drive off the tracks, forcing her to flee the vehicle with her children.

Shortly thereafter, an MBTA Fitchburg bound commuter rail train carrying 70 passengers slammed into the minivan. Nobody was injured in the collision either on or off the train.

No information was given as to why the woman could not drive off the tracks nor was there a reason given as to why she couldn't see that she was driving onto them in the first place. 

Fortunately the minivan's airbag deployed successfully. 

Photo credit: MBTA/WCVB TV


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